The arrests took place in front of the US Embassy, where protesters had gathered to submit a petition calling for the release of 23 detainees caught up in demonstration crackdowns earlier this month.
More than 500 Cambodian-American protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington on Monday, demanding the release of 23 detained protesters still being held in a remote facility.
The demonstrations went peacefully Friday, and representatives from each embassy and agency accepted the petitions without incident.
The UN’s special human rights envoy to Cambodia says he will consider mediating political talks between Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties.
The envoy, Surya Subedi, is in Phnom Penh on a fact-finding mission, following the deadly crackdowns on protesters workers earlier this month.
The envoy, Surya Subedi, arrived Wednesday in the wake of violent crackdowns on opposition and labor protesters.
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha were summoned to Phnom Penh court for questioning about bloodly crackdown in early January by government's armed forced on striking garment workers. (Reuters)
Cambodia's opposition leaders were questioned for four hours at a Phnom Penh court on Tuesday, but they were not held on charges related to the incitement of violence during recent demonstrations.
Ny Chakrya, head investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said the summons was “politically motivated.”
Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party supported the protests, but he denies inciting the violence, saying the charges are politically motivated
A federation of international trade unions from 161 countries is calling for the Cambodian government to release workers arrested in violent protests earlier this month.
Crackdowns on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 left five people dead, 40 injured and 23 arrested.